Land, Forest & Finance Organizer

Job Title:  Land, Forest & Finance Organizer – Landgrabs, Forests & Finance Campaign
Position reports to:  Senior International Forests Program Director
Position Location:  Washington, DC


Friends of the Earth U.S., founded by David Brower in 1969, is the U.S. voice of the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups, with a presence in 75 countries. Friends of the Earth works to defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world. We are a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for more than 45 years, resulting in landmark environmental laws, precedent-setting legal victories and groundbreaking reforms of domestic and international regulatory, corporate and financial institution policies.

To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are sustainable and safe for our health and the environment, protecting tropical forests and lands from conversion to industrial agriculture, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them. This work is carried out by our team of staff in our Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. offices.

Friends of the Earth’s Landgrabs, Forests & Finance campaign is working to halt the expansion of commodity agriculture that threatens the world’s tropical forests and the people who live in and depend on them. We work to address the economic drivers that are destroying forests and threatening human rights and land defenders and to drive a transformation to rights-based, justice-oriented development that benefits both people and the planet.

Basic Function:

We are seeking to hire a talented and dedicated individual to develop and carry out public education, organizing and strategic advocacy efforts to pressure the financial sector to reduce its role in driving the corporate takeover of land and the destruction of tropical forests, and to advance approaches based on equity, justice and human rights standards.  


  • Develop and implement strategic campaign plans (including research, outreach, public education, online and offline organizing, traditional and social media, press monitoring and outreach, narrative development and markets and policy advocacy) in conjunction with the International Forests team, Communications team and other stakeholders.
  • Organize constituents of pension funds and other investment firms through webinars, digital actions, and public events such as Days of Action, rallies and demonstrations.
  • Contribute research and analysis to develop reports and articles, factsheets, web content and other campaign materials on tropical forests, land rights, to educate allies, opinion leaders, policymakers, the press and the public.
  • Develop expertise on both domestic and international policy and practice relating to social responsibility in the financial sector and its impacts on international forests and rights.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with a wide variety of allies (environmental, environmental justice, consumer, human rights, labor, social justice, etc.); facilitate coalition engagement and strategy.
  • Represent Friends of the Earth at public events to support campaign objectives and reach key audiences.
  • Engage and train student leaders and activists.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Three or more years of experience in campaigning, organizing, and advocacy at the intersection of environmental and social justice.
  • Experience in fossil-fuel divestment campaigns, shareholder advocacy, or other financial-markets-based campaign strongly preferred.
  • Some international experience a huge plus.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, communication and public speaking skills.

Skills and Knowledge

  • A demonstrated commitment to the environment and social justice.
  • Organizing training and experience – ability to engage and stimulate diverse audiences to take action.
  • Knowledge of and experience with public mobilization and social media advocacy.
  • Successful campaign experience and proven ability to work with a team to design and implement advocacy campaign strategies and organize online and offline.
  • Background in economic justice or financial markets advocacy policy preferred.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts and a desire to have a major impact on policy debates through hard-hitting advocacy.
  • Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of activities including advocacy, research, communications, public speaking, policy development, project management and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once in a self-directed manner, ability to work collaboratively as part of a results-oriented team, ability to work in coordination with a diverse group of coalition partners, and ability to work effectively in a changing environment.
  • Sophisticated oral and written communication skills and comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses and government officials. The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to work with remote staff and supervisors.
  • Willing and able to travel domestically.

To Apply

E-mail cover letter, resume, short writing sample and salary history to with the subject heading “Landgrabs, Forests and Finance Field Organizer.” No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff. Also, please note that references will be requested during the screening process and final candidates will undergo writing and editing evaluations

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